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Name of Reviewer: Mark (AKA andrema)

Watch Reviewed: Ferro Distinct Automatic Single Hand Watch

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Company Information:

Website: http://www.ferrowatches.com
Contact: [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ferrowatches
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ferrotime/


About from Company Website:

Ferro watches combine the design spirit with the unrivaled precision of the latest Swiss & Japan movements and technologies with exquisite looks.

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Ferro Distinct Automatic Single Hand Watch - White Face / Black Strap


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Description from the company website:

Watches inspired by Sports Car Tachometers

Watch Specifications:

- Case Diameter: 44 mm
- Case Thickness: 11.5 mm
- Case Length: 52.0 mm
- Lug width: 22 mm
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
- Strap: 22 mm Genuine Leather with Stainless Steel Deployment Clasp
- Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)
- Movement: Citizen Miyota 8215 Automatic
- Warranty: 1 Year

Price: $400

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For this review, Ferro provided one of their Distinct models for review. This is a white dialed watch, with an automatic movement, date and sapphire crystal.




Packaging:

The Ferro comes packaged in a fairly simple pressboard case, with a string closure. The case is a sleeve style case, with an internal section that slides out. The case has the Ferro logo printed in silver foil on its top. Below is a close-up of the bottom of the case where it is located.






The inner tray is lined with velvet lined, molded foam, which keeps the watch very safe/secure during transit.



Case and Crystal:


The Distinct has a round case with a satin bead blasted finish, rounded sides and is constructed of 316L stainless steel. The 22mm lugs on the watch are "wire style", but are not fixed. Instead of a solid wire, the watch utilizes springbars. The finishing on the case is nice and evenly applied throughout its surface.




The case design is vintage inspired and reminiscent of a pocket watch shape, including its fixed bezel.



The case has a rounded and flowing profile. As you can see from the photo below, the watch's wire style lugs integrate nicely into the case and have a nice downward slope from the case.



The Distinct’s sapphire crystal sits just above the surface of the watch's bezel. The crystal has anti reflective coating on the inside, which works very nicely to virtually eliminate glare and reflection from most angles.





The watch is built with a 316L stainless steel display style caseback, with a mineral crystal installed. The watch's technical data as well as model number is engraved nicely around its perimeter.



The Distinct has a 7.0mm crown, which resembles a flattened "onion style" crown. The crown has crisp v-shaped grips, with an "F" engraved into its end. Despite its relatively thin 2mm profile, the crown is actually very easy to manipulate.



Once pulled up to its detents, the crown has a nice feel when setting the time and is easy to manipulate.




Dial and Hands:

The Distinct's dial is crisp white in color with black painted markings. The brand logo is logo painted at the 12 o'clock position on the dial. The overall design pays homage to a sports car tachometer. From the font utilized for the hour indices to the hash marks around its perimeter, the dial definitely gives you the impression that you are looking at a dashboard gauge.

The dial has oversized alphanumeric painted indices at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions on the dial, with smaller numbers at the remaining positions. The remaining markings on the dial represent 5-minute time increments. These are also painted black to match the Arabic hour indices.

There is a date window at the 4 o'clock position on the dial. The date wheel has a white background with black date numbers, which coordinates nicely with the dial as well as helps it to blend in.



The single hand of the Distinct is a pointer style hand, with a triangle "counterbalance" at its end. The hand is a nice length and it completely reaches the minute track on the dial. Hand proportion is one of my "pet peeves" with watch designs and Ferro passed this test with a handsome design and appropriate sized hand.

As opposed to many other single hand designed watches, the Distinct features a 12-hour dial format. Like a traditional watch with an hour and minute hand, the hand rotates around the dial twice in a 24-hour period. Due to the lack of a traditional hand functionality the watch's Miyota movement has been modified to utilize just a single hand.




Straps:

The Ferro comes with a custom black strap installed. The 22mm strap has a smooth texture along its length, with matching stitching. The strap attaches to the case with springbars, despite the appearance of a solid wire lug design. The tan leather backing is very soft and the strap itself is fairly supple right out of the box.



The Distinct comes with a good quality 316L stainless steel butterfly deployant style clasp. The company logo is nicely etched into the buckle's top surface. Based on my conversations with the brand, this clasp will not be offered on future models and an updated buckle will be utilized.






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Wrist Shots:

For reference purposes, my wrist is 7.25 inches.

The Distinct measures 44.0 mm in diameter and 52.0 mm in length. With these dimensions, the watch is a good size for most in the WIS community. It wears very comfortably on the wrist and will fit nicely on most wrist sizes.








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Overall impression and final thoughts:

The Ferro Distinct Automatic is a great casual watch, with a tachometer inspired design. While preparing my review and evaluating the watch, I found it difficult to find many things to find that I would change about this watch, especially since it is so unique looking.

During my evaluation of the watch, I found it refreshing that Ferro has designed a watch that has an appearance that is outside the "norms" of what we commonly see in the market. Not only did they design a unique looking watch, they created one with unique functionality too.

The only point that I will note is the movement. The modified Miyota 8215 used in the watch is certainly a proven workhorse, but it is fairly plain looking and undecorated. Since there is a see through caseback, it would be nice to have a decorated movement to view through the mineral crystal. Perhaps an upgrade to a Miyota 9015 would be a good choice.

With all this being said, I think that this is a great looking watch and definitely work a look if you are searching for a unique watch to add to your collection. In addition to the model reviewed, the Distinct comes in several different finishes and dial colors (see below), so there are plenty of options for you to choose from.

Well, that concludes my review …Thanks for reading and I look forward to your comments ~ Mark
 

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Classy looking watch and really great review.

Personally I am not a 1 hand fan, but I am sure many will find this look/style appealing.

Great review.
 

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I personally think the one hand watch is a cool concept, but learning to read this accurately seems sstrange. Im used to seeing 10 minute increments between the hour markers, not 12 - 5 minute markers. Im sure id be late every time I wore this!
 

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The one hand thing is not for me, but the watch case itself looks good. Great review


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I think it's a cool watch but I'd be more willing to pay extra for a better movement. Even at double the price it's less than a Meistersinger.
 

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Another great review. There was a time I thought these one hand watches were unique and that I might have some interest in owning one. But having tried one, I realized that they are not for me. This one looks good and I have no complaint about how the company executed this model. I just don't have any desire to have one in my collection at this point and would rather put my resources towards something else that might come along.
 

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Thanks for the comments guys!

I agree that a single hand watch is not for everyone. However, I do enjoy a little variety in my collection and this one offers something different as well as a conversation piece.
 

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I've always been intrigued by one hand designs, and this one looks well implemented.
I really like the case shape as well.

Great review Mark.
 

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Mark:
Well worded review as always
Not too sure I'd pay the pricepoint using either the 8215 or 9015 movement tho.
Haven't had good luck with either in 2 Deep Blues. 9015's counterweight noise
not an attractive feature.
But then of course the watch isn't selling in the ETA 2824 or Selita 200 range
either. Put one or the other of these engines and we can talk turkey!

Lou Snutt
 

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Love those close ups.

One hand good for lazy day when a few minutes just don't matter.

Great Review. I always appreciate the hard work that goes into these reviews.
 

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Mark:
Well worded review as always
Not too sure I'd pay the pricepoint using either the 8215 or 9015 movement tho.
Haven't had good luck with either in 2 Deep Blues. 9015's counterweight noise
not an attractive feature.
But then of course the watch isn't selling in the ETA 2824 or Selita 200 range
either. Put one or the other of these engines and we can talk turkey!

Lou Snutt
Hello Lou,
We have actually just launched our Distinct 2 on KS, that also comes in ETA 2824-2 :)
Check it out at http://kck.st/1VoYDtJ
Tks,
Bob
 

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As an owner of a one hander I can say that it's not that big a deal once you wrap your mind around it. Give it a day and it's second nature.

I also don't believe that unless you're coordinating an attack on an enemy stronghold that most people need the accuracy of a minute hand. My one hander will read within 2.5 minutes of the actual time. More than good enough for all day to day activities unless you're OCD and must know the EXACT time in which case you may benefit from medication.
 

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